Experimental Health Psychology
The Experimental Health Psychology (EHP) research group studies the role of psychological processes in bodily symptoms in humans. It aims at furthering the understanding of psychologic mechanisms underlying health and disease and applies this knowledge to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with ill health. Here you'll find EHP's publications.
The three main research lines are:
- pain and pain disorders
- tinnitus and vestibular complaints
- sexual functioning and sexual pain conditions
The approach is primarily experimental and encompasses fundamental research (including psychophysiological studies), prospective longitudinal studies as well as therapeutic intervention studies. A common theme across the various topics is the role of learning processes in the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of bodily symptoms.
More specific research topics include
- Vulnerability factors for chronification of bodily symptoms (e.g. fear, catastrophising);
- The role of learning processes in bodily symptoms;
- Positive psychology and resilience in relation to dealing with bodily symptoms (e.g. optimism, positive affect);
- The influence of social context on development and expression of bodily symptoms;
- Interpersonal aspects of sexual functioning and regulation of sexual emotions;
- Treatment evaluation and mechanisms (e.g. cognitive behavioral treatment, exposure in vivo, positive psychology interventions);
- Development and validation of screening and assessment instruments.
For further information and publications, see “staff”.
- Prof dr Madelon Peters
- Prof dr Johan Vlaeyen
- Dr. Linda Vancleef
- Dr. Marieke de Witte
- Dr. Ann Meulders
- Dr. Marjolein Hanssen
- Dr. Rilana Cima
- Dr. Marielle Goossens
- Dr. Dimitri van Ryckeghem
- Rachel Sjouwermans
- Maurice Theunissen